IN the sixth annual exhibition dedicated to the mapping of Asia, Wattis Fine Art has a group of 17th-century Dutch maps from the golden age of cartography. Among the map makers, William Blaeu was official cartographer to the Dutch East India Company and his son Joan produced the first printed record of the Dutch discoveries on Australia's west coast with Indiae Quae Orientalis in 1642. The exhibition from Friday until October 15 features many antique maps of Asia, China, Tartary and Southeast Asia from the 16th to the 19th centuries, arranged to provide a contemporary insight into the Western knowledge of the region. Wattis Fine Art is on 2/F, 20 Hollywood Road, Central. A selection of works by that giant of Australian art, the late Sir Sidney Nolan, goes on show from tomorrow at the Wagner Gallery, 7/F, Lusitano Building, 4 Duddell Street, Central. Early Paintings from 1960 and Graphics from Important Portfolios provides works by an artist who was dedicated to depicting the diversity of the Australian landscape and the emotions it evokes. The exhibition continues until October 16. Eighty graphic works by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher have gone on show at the Fung Ping Shan Museum, the first such show of Escher's original works in Hong Kong. Professor Laurence Goldstein of the University of Hong Kong's philosophy department will explain the mathematical and philosophical background of Esher's works in a public lecture at the gallery on Saturday at 2.45pm. The show ends on October 31. Ruskin Spear was a great influence on his students at the Royal College of Art, including David Hockney and Peter Blake. A number of paintings by Spear, who died in 1990, are the highlight of a three-day show, Recent Works by Leading British Artists, at the City Hall Exhibition Gallery from tomorrow. Among the other artists is Amanda Cornish, daughter of Britain's Senior Trade Commissioner here, many of whose paintings of London and Hong Kong were snapped up at a show at the China Club last week. British artist Geoffrey Key returns to Mandarin Oriental Fine Arts from tomorrow with the fruits of his visit last year, a series of oils including views of Tai Mo Shan, bays in the New Territories and verdant bamboo groves, as well as works concerned with his favourite themes of horses, the human form and still-life. The show continues until October 8. The streets of old Hanoi are the subject of the oils and gouaches of Pham Luan's Hanoi at Galerie La Vong, 13/F, One Lan Kwai Fong, from Friday. Although untrained, Pham, a former teacher, produces work reminiscent of the romantic European tradition but with a solely Vietnamese inspiration. The walls of the Portico restaurant in Citibank Plaza, are dedicated to the paintings of Miguel Buceta until October 30. Buceta, born in France in 1965 of Spanish parents, uses his work to rediscover his Spanish roots. One of the few remaining artists working in the tradition of the Lingnan School, Ho Pak-lee is celebrated with an exhibition at the Art Metro Gallery, 139 Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong, which continues until October 15. Although based in Toronto, Ho came to the territory just after his birth in 1945, set up his own art institute in 1969 and got involved with the Hong Kong Chinese Arts Association and the Modern Painting Association. Hebei artist Huo Genzhong is holding his second solo exhibition in Hong Kong, with Far from the Madding Crowd, at the Zee Stone Gallery, Forum, Exchange Square, until October 10. Working in the traditional media of Chinese ink and watercolours, Huo depicts the rural life of his home province. The dolls in the Nishiki Gallery's Antique Samurai Dolls of the 19th Century date from the Meiji period (1868-1912) with the beginning of the 'Enlightened Rule' of Emperor Mutushito. These beautifully crafted dolls are on show until October 8 at Shop 304, Podium Area, Tower One, Exchange Square. One of the most eccentric and obsessive of the new generation of Beijing avant-garde artists, Feng Mengbo, is having his first show at the Hanart TZ Gallery, 5/F, The Old Bank of China Building, from October 1-12. This collection of Feng's video games and paintings, includes the 42-panel work, Game Over: Long March, showing the re-invented trials and tribulations of the Eighth Route Army, ending with a Coke-can throwing fest at Tiananmen Square. Anita McPherson Wong calls her style abstract naturalism, and in her first exhibition, The Sun, at the Heineken Gallery, Fringe Club, Lower Albert Road, she uses highly textural images, bold shapes and colours to depict abstract ideas and human emotions. The show runs from October 6 to 12, 5pm to midnight daily. An exhibition of works by traditional Chinese artist Lan Chengwen (Ah Wen), Women at Leisure, is on show at the City Gallery, 3/F, Sincere Insurance Building, 4-6 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, until October 8.